Juanell McCarty Cox
Juanell McCarty Cox, 85, of Waycross, died early Saturday morning (Dec. 26, 2015) at her residence after an extended illness.
She was born in Fargo to the late Carlton J. McCarty and Oleta Thrift McCarty. She retired from Striders Shoe Company and also work an additional 18 years for Spatola Shoe Factory. She was an active member of Swamp Road Baptist Church.
She was an accomplished seamstress who had a passion for sewing and enjoyed sewing all kinds of garments for anyone who would ask her. More than anything she loved her family and any time she was able to spend with them.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Math Junior Cox, a son-in-law, Junior Pittman, a brother, Herman McCarty, and a sister, Olivia Colley.
She is survived by two daughters, Glenda Joyce Cox, of Waycross, Laila Pittman, of Waycross; four grandchildren, Allen Music Jr. (wife, Teresa) of Waycross, Betty Ann Schafer (husband, Donnie), of Waycross, Carol Allen (husband, Wendell), of Waycross, Ramona Thrift (husband, Lee), of Waycross; nine great-grandchildren, Thomas Fussell, Brittany Carter (husband, Liston), Christina Watson (husband, Lance), Christopher Johnson, Brandon Music (wife, Blake), Haley Griffin (husband, Josh), Emily Music, Kylar Thrift, Colby Thrift; seven great-great-grandchildren, Nathan Watson, MacKenzie Watson, Mollie Reese Carter, Jolee Griffin, Hauldin Griffin, Sadie Carter, Josey Griffin; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Swamp Road Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening beginning at 6 o’clock at the church.
The men of Swamp Road Baptist Church have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the church by 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

James Fullard Sr.
James “Junior” Fullard Sr., 93, of Waycross, died Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 23, 2015) at his daughter’s residence after an extended illness.
He was born in Waycross to the late John Fullard and Mamie Gooden Fullard. He made Ware County his home for his entire life. He graduated from Wacona High School and entered the military during World War II in the United States Army. He worked for Atlantic Seaboard Coastline, now CSX Railroad, as a machinist for 26 years before his retirement in 1969. During his time with the railroad and after his retirement, he stayed busy working on his farm.
A faithful Southern Baptist, he was a founding member of Ware Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Waycross Masonic Lodge No. 305 F&AM, the Waycross Shrine Club and was a past member of the Waycross Jaycees and the Waycross Exchange Club.
He also served as past president of the Satilla Livestock Association.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Thrift Fullard, and his brothers and sisters, Elmer Fullard, Ed Fullard, Herman Fullard, Mose Fullard, Mitchell Fullard, Maggie Fullard, Emma Fullard, Mary Fullard and Cecil Fullard.
He is survived by his children, Timmy Fullard (wife, Marina), of Atlanta, Ricky Fullard (wife, Laura), of Waycross, Mamie McDonald (husband, Neal), of Waycross, Vickie Thrift (husband, Larry), of Millwood, Bud Fullard (wife, Bobbi Jean), of Waycross, Andy Fullard (wife, Adena), of Lawrenceville, Chris Fullard, of Waycross; his grandchildren, Kristina Fullard, Emily Fullard, Little Ricky Fullard, Cassie Fullard, Jennifer Henderson, Megan Henderson, Misty Burchett (husband, James), Hannah Scott (husband, Logan), Kylie Carter (husband, Paul), Brandon Fullard (wife, Megan), Austin Fullard, Anna Bennett (husband, Justin), Ashley McDonald; his great-grandchildren, Addie Hewett, Reese Hewett, Brody Burchett, Bailey Fullard, Cole Fullard, Harper Fullard, Sieanna McDonald, Blake Paulk, Eli Fullard, Hatalie Henderson, Bodie Bennett; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Piney Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Clayton Davis and Timmy Fullard officiating.
Military rites were performed by the United States Army Honor Guard from Fort Stewart.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Hazel H. McSwain
Hazel Sweat Henderson McSwain, 87, of Waycross, passed away Saturday morning (Dec. 26, 2015) at Satilla Care Center.
Born in Blackshear, Dec. 21, 1928, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. She was a homemaker and was a member of Youmans Chapel Baptist Church where she was the oldest member. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, fishing and loved Christmas time — decorating, cooking and especially spending time with her family.
She was a daughter of the late Leroy and Onie Opal Thomas Sweat. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Troy Carl Henderson, her second husband, John Herman McSwain Sr., a daughter, Rosemary Dyson, a son, Roy Randall “Randy” Henderson, and three sisters, Pauline Fowler, Frances Bolden, and Vernell Starling.
Survivors include three daughters, Wanda Dale Everette, of Blackshear, Gail (Terry) Hester, of Hazlehurst, and Susan (Manuel) Garduno, of San Bernardino, Calif.; three sons, Troy Carl (Shari) Henderson Jr., of Mershon, Michael McSwain (Sherry Scurry), of Blackshear, and Johnny “Mac” (Diane) McSwain, of Tyler, Texas; a sister, Helen (Johnny) Rutherford, of Tallahassee, Fla.; two brothers, R.L. (Joan) Sweat and Jack Sweat, all of Sorrento, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at Youmans Chapel Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
The family would like to thank the staff of Satilla Care Center for all of their care to Mrs. McSwain over the last few years. They would also like to thank Hospice Satilla for caring for her during her final days.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc. of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Tipton Rogers
FOLKSTON — Betty Jean Tipton Rogers, 75, of Folkston, passed away early Friday morning (Dec. 25, 2015) at Baptist Medical Center in Fernandina Beach, Fla., after an extended illness.
Born in Norton, Va., she was the daughter of Cosker Benjamin and Keeoke Kitty Tig Tipton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Ray Rogers, two sons, Robert “Bobby” Ray Rogers and John “Johnny” Benjamin Rogers, and three brothers, Alan Wayne Tipton, Junior Tipton and Buddy Alan Tipton.
She was a homemaker and a member of New Life Baptist Church in Saint George. She also loved gardening, flowers and working in the yard.
Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Betsy and Marty Crews, of Folkston, and Lisa and Cecil Hodges, of Hilliard, Fla.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Teresa Cress, of Nashville, Tenn., and Tommy and Martha Tipton, of Glynn St. Mary; her beloved dog, Paco; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation was held Sunday evening from 6 until 8 at Winokur Baptist Church.
A funeral will be held this afternoon at 3 o’clock at Winokur Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Dunn and the Rev. James Conner officiating. Burial will follow in St. George Cemetery in St. George.
Pallbearers will be Fred Howard III, Devin Thomas, Wallace Crews, Jacob Crews, James Myers and Sgt. Perry Green.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Lawson, Ben Herrick and Scott Reyna.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com

Arla M. Truett
MABLETON — Arla Ellafay Morgan Truett, 82, of Mableton, passed peacefully Thursday afternoon (Dec. 24, 2015) at Wellstar Cobb Hospital in Austell after an extended illness.
She was born in Brunswick, Nov. 4, 1933 to Horace Cecil and Minnie Verna Jacobs Morgan Sr. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Willetta Highsmith and Janie Jeanette Morgan.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She loved to spend her time quilting, crafting and coloring.
She is survived by her husband, Lewis Wayne Truett Sr., of Mableton; her four children and their spouses, Teresa Lee and Dean Luck, of Waynesville, Dennis Wayne and Cindy Truett, of Mableton, Zada Ann and Keith Thomas, of Hickox, and Lewis Wayne Truett Jr (Sam Porperfield), of Woodstock; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Frances Thomas, of Raybon; brother and sister-in-law, H.C. and Maxine Morgan, of Nahunta; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation was held Sunday evening from 6 until 9 at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral was scheduled to be held this morning at 11 o’clock at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Rob Lewis Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Brian Dean Little, David Wayne Johns, J.R. Hopkins, Danny Thomas, Zachary Truett and Levi Duncan.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com

Nancy Saxon Stewart
Nancy Carol Saxon Stewart, 58, of Waycross, passed away early Friday morning (Dec. 25, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
Born in Savannah, she was the daughter of Raymond and Johnnie Townsend Saxon.
She was a homemaker of the Baptist faith and loved music and playing the guitar. She was a hairdresser for many years.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Amber Neilson, of Nahunta; two grandchildren, Ian Nielson and Eli Nielson, both of Nahunta; two brothers and a sisters-in-law, Michael and Melanie Saxon, of Hortense, and Warren Saxon, of Tennessee; a sister, Linda Roberson, of Nahunta; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 5 until 6 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home.
A funeral will be held Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Otis Johns and the Rev. Larry Altman officiating.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com

Miss Jessica Dixon
Miss Jessica Dixon, 26, of Waycross, passed away Sunday morning (Dec. 27, 2015) at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.

Effie Mae Bennett
A funeral for Effie Mae Davis Bennett took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Davis and the Rev. Donnie Tuten officiating.
Burial was in Jordan Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Al Murray, Brian LeMay, Josh Murray, John Shaw, Kelly Griffis and Alex Bennett.

Johnny Higginbotham
A funeral for Johnny Jasper Higginbotham took place Sunday afternoon at Youmans Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Randall Gunter and the Rev. Bill Ryals officiating.
Burial was in Waters Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Charles Studstill, Will Booth, Michael King, Daniel Courson, Ruben Aldridge, Knox Johnson, Will Peacock and Pete King.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Bebe McQuaig
A funeral for Lynda Nell “Bebe” Robbins McQuaig was held Sunday afternoon at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. David White officiating.
Burial followed at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Len Robbins, Jim Stovall, Chad Robbins, Randy Lott, Luke Rhodes, Drew Rhodes and Garrett Copeland.
Honorary pallbearers were former co-workers.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.